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Old 05-18-2009, 12:02 AM   #1
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My 6 week old, Twinkle: The Little Star, was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus. I noticed that she wasn't acting or reacting like her litter mates. She was born with a Mohawk. Her head is misshapen, more horse like & has an open fontanel (soft spot). She would cry out. When I was holding her one evening her eyes began to flicker & twitch & then drooled very heavily. I think she had a seizure. She may also have visual problems. I researched the symptoms online & to my dismay, Hydrocephalus kept popping up. I took her to the vet & as soon as I walked into the room his face cringed & stated that I have a very sick puppy. We talked & I asked if I should put her down, so she would not live a painful life. He said that she would probably die of a seizure & as the disease progress, so would the seizures & that I would know when to put her down. He suggested a neurologist to do brain surgery. I'm not going to put the baby through that.

If anyone has experience with a puppy in this condition, I'd appreciate it. I am contemplating putting her down so she doesn't suffer.
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If fluid continues to build in her brain it is very painfull. I would say the kindest thing you could do is let her go .
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I'm sorry about your baby. I'm not sure I know a lot about the condition but I did lose my 17 month old to a brain abnormalty. We got Jersey at 10 weeks of age and from the get go she was a strange/different pup then any other we've ever had. It appeared neurological to me yet the vet told us she was fine and it may just be her personality. I tried to dismiss what my heart kept telling me and chalk it up to socialization and the home she came from. She would not eat like the others. She would eat fast and hide. Always by herself hiding, and her eyes looked different, almost distant. Weird ways she would act. I can't tell you how many times we had her to the vet. We had her spayed at around six months of age. She did fine with that. Around 14 - 15 months old she started becoming aggressive. It appeared to have happened over night but as I look back at pictures I noticed a real difference even more so then before in her eyes. Anyway, she started attacking and again we had her to the vet who then told us that as she matured she probably decided she did not like other dogs. At one point we decided (Although a very hard decision) to try and rehome her with someone without other animals. We listed her here on YT but still my gut kept telling me there was more to this. About a week in we decided not to rehome her and to take her to another vet. He diagnosed her with a brain abnormalty. Her catscan showed something abnormal. A brain tumor or he said it could be something organic and that she probably also had a liver shunt. He said we could go through $5,000 and still not be able to cure her and that she would just get sicker. Also, a few days prior to taking her she was running and jumped to play and just flopped to her side, got real still and then started screaming. We believe she was starting with seizurs as well. Anyway, my husband and I made the hardest decision to take this baby and have her put down. For months after, I would be awake at night haunted and wondering if we made the right decision. I researched and researched causes etc. and I came across Hydrocephelus and although Jersey was not officially diagnosed with this I believe it was a strong possibility that this is what she had and that she had it from birth but that gone untreated she got worse and that the pressure on her brain probably caused the aggression. I will never know for sure but this is what the symptoms came up with. I read it could have been caused even by trauma at birth. August will be a year she's gone and I am still haunted with whether I made the right decision and whether there was more I could have done for her. I pray for you and for your baby. I know how hard this is on both of you.

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I just wanted to say how sorry I am that you and this baby are going through this. I'll keep you in my prayers {hugs}.
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If I were in the same position as you, I would go with your heart. Your little puppy is very ill, and if she is going to suffer a tremendous amount of pain the rest of her life, then the most kindest thing to do would be to end her suffering. I am so sorry you have to make this decision.
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I can only speak from my own experience. My regrets have always come from waiting too long to end my baby's suffering. I know only too well how hard this is. I'm so sorry...
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Your situation brings tears to my eyes. I'm so sorry this little baby has all of these problems. This must be a terrible time for you and I am truly sorry. I wish I had words of wisdom for you, but I don't. Just my deepest sympathy.
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